Are we present?

“I’m too old to be rigid”- Patsy Rodenburg

At any time in our lives, we can become more flexible in our approach to presentation through our voice and body.

Awareness of how we communicate is the first step in making conscious choices.

There is a great opportunity to learn how to be better communicators from people who have dedicated their life to exactly that craft.

Patsy Rodenburg is well known among actors, politicians and corporate executives for her coaching in voice and presence.

The ten minute video (link below) explains her ‘Three Circles of Energy’ in power presentation.

Here is a summary from her book:

First Circle Presentation

Inward-focused; body may be slumped or collapsed, voice thin- unclear delivery.

Second Circle

“Energized yet open body and delivery.

You will feel that you, the listener, matter, and through the speaker’s eye contact you will feel connected to the presentation.

The speaker will have energy and passion, but this energy appears effortless and efficient.

There is authenticity and humanity in their presence and even if there are a thousand people present, the speaker is speaking to you alone.”

Third Circle

The energy is about ‘bluff.’

“Third Circle presentation can be effective. It can control an audience and pump generalized energy into a room. However, it rarely inspires or makes the audience believe they matter.
… although this energy can be enthusiastic, aggressive or entertaining it doesn’t take the listener into consideration and is therefore controlling.”

From her book, Power Presentation (link below)

In this video, Patsy explains how to recognise when we are in the space of ‘give and take.’ I like that she says we always have a choice in life to come back to the present.

Watch her video here:
Second Circle Presence

If you want more from her, on this topic, check out her book, Power Presentation.

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